Time to be inspired by our LGBT+ award winners
If it’s the UNISON LGBT+ conference, then it must be time for the annual UNISON LGBT+ recruitment awards! Sure enough, in Bournemouth this morning, Josie Bird, the union’s president, was on hand to pass out this year’s coveted trophies. “The presidential team continue to be amazed at how many weekends our LGBT+ members are out and about at Pride and other community events – not only at the huge prides in big cities across our nations that get media coverage, but at local grass root prides in local parks too,” she told delegates. “Having local branches at these events has not only h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Source Type: news
‘ The sooner we can kick them out, the better! ’
“Boris Johnson as Prime Minister – honestly, who’d have thought it possible? Clearly not his own family, given that his own brother so publicly and so quickly abandoned him!” Addressing the union’s LGBT+ conference in Bournemouth this morning, UNISON president Josie Bird was clear that, even in such busy times for activists, the coming general election had to be a priority. “We really are living in unprecedented times. After all, we have a prime minister who does not respect democracy and thinks he is above the law,” she said. “But now, we have a chance to change all th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Boris Johnson LGBT Source Type: news
Making sure there are no outsiders
“Parents cannot opt out of knowing that I exist.” That was one of the comments as UNISON’s LGBT conference discussed inclusive education and it was met with loud applause. Speaker James Anthony is from the West Midlands, where protests outside Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham, against the teaching of the No Outsiders scheme, have made national headlines. The protests at Parkfield have been primarily among Muslim parents, who have been misled about the nature of the teaching. No Outsiders “isn’t about sex education,” stressed Mr Anthony. “It’s storybooks showing that par...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News education Source Type: news
LGBT+ delegates debate a packed agenda
A busy day at UNISON’s LGBT+ conference saw delegates discuss a number of major issues. Mental health was high on the agenda, with Alan Williams for the union’s North West LGBT group saying that there was a “concerningly high rate of suicide attempts by LGBT+ members” and called for more training for reps on the issues. Hannah Stephenson urged delegates to return to their branches and ask their employers for mental ill health training, while a speaker from the North West talked of how “one person with the right information can make all the difference”. She said that research suggests tha...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News LGBT Source Type: news
From school star to star MP
This article was first published in November 2017, ahead of Stars in Our Schools 2017. Rosie is currently campaigning for re-election in the current general election Rosie Duffield is still in shock. It never occurred to her that when she stood as a Labour candidate in the very safe Tory parliamentary seat of Canterbury earlier this year, that she might end up as an MP. The seat had never been held by Labour. But win she did. And she’s taking her new life in her stride – despite working six or seven days a week, staying up to all hours of the night to be present for votes in the House of Commons, and juggling a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Ali Worthy Tags: Article school support staff schools stars in our schools Source Type: news
New NHS waiting times show Tories are not fit to run NHS
Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst ever, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Patients left in agony on trolleys for hours and poorly visitors waiting for hours in A&E, forced to sit on floors because of a lack of chairs, has become the new normal. “Years of underfunding and an endless staffing crisis show the Conservatives are simply not fit to run our NHS. “These are the worst ever A&E figures yet the winter has barely begun. It’s a shocking state of affairs and should be of huge concern to ever...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release cuts dave prentis government health NHS Source Type: news
Knowledge of the origin of the food makes it taste better
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Food we are familiar with tastes the best, but if we know where the food comes from and how it is made, it actually gets better, even if we don't think the taste is spot on. New research from the Future Consumer Lab at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen demonstrates this. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Families will be thrown a lifeline by early-years plans
Commenting on Labour Party proposals to expand free childcare and open 1,000 new Sure Start centres, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Accessible, quality childcare and early years support can have a life-changing impact on children and their families. “Restoring the network of Sure Start centres will offer a lifeline by providing education and health services to those families most in need, after years of cuts left them in tatters. “These proposals, along with an increase in free childcare, would bring long-term benefits far wider than just making life easier for famil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis labour Source Type: news
Police staff agree two-year pay deal in Scotland
Police staff members in Scotland have voted ‘yes’ to a two-year pay deal, which includes a 3.5% rise for 2019-20, backdated to 1 April, for most staff. Next April, wages will rise by 3%. In both years, Police Scotland staff who earn more than £80,000 a year will see a flat-rate increase of £1,600. Both years will also see a matching percentage increase on enhanced shift rates. The deal runs to the end of March 2021 and was agreed by members in an online ballot that saw a 96.7% vote in favour on a 67.7% turnout by affected UNISON members. UNISON police staff Scotland branch secretary Michelle Brewer ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News pay police and justice Police and justice staff police and justice staff pay police pay police staff Scotland Source Type: news
Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2020
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies, including the NEC, are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. The definition of “low paid” reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs (full time or part time) and is revised each year. The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2019/20 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, a 4.2% increase on last year. This means the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union is now &p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News activists elections Source Type: news
Exposing cowboy care providers: the state of social care
Research published today by the Centre for Health and Public Interest shows what UNISON members have been saying for decades: residential care homes are being run irresponsibly. The financial structure of our overstretched and underfunded care sector has been revealed, with an estimated 10% of income suspiciously “leaking out” each year. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Every year millions of pounds are lost from the sector, which could have been spent on care. “There are rich pickings for the shadowy businesses operating UK care homes from tropical tax havens, siphoning of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Source Type: news
Critical incident shows hospitals are ‘creaking at the seams’, says UNISON
Commenting on the news that Nottingham’s hospitals have today declared a critical incident due to exceptional pressures on emergency services, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The winter has started early in the East Midlands. Hospitals across the region are creaking at the seams all year round. “The intense pressure on trusts never goes away. Too many vacancies, growing demand on services and worn out, overworked staff is the picture right across the NHS. Our health service deserves better.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million me...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release hospitals Source Type: news
Northants council workers to get pay rise
Northamptonshire council staff have been promised a 4% pay rise from April – their first increase in three years. The announcement to staff came at a briefing on next year‘s budget. “People clapped when the pay rise was announced,” UNISON branch secretary Kev Standish told the local newspaper, The Northampton Chronicle. “It is more than we expected and is to be welcomed, although it would be good if it came now rather than next year.” Staff will also receive an extra day of holiday on 27 December this year. The county council is planning to increase council tax by nearly 4% in next ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News councils cuts to local services East Midlands local government local government and financing local government cuts Save Our Local Services Source Type: news
Government pushes ahead with transfer of Welsh probation staff on 1 December
The government has confirmed that it pressing ahead with transferring Welsh offender management staff to the National Probation Service (NPS) on 1 December – although negotiations on the transfer are not completed. UNSION had called for the transfer to be delayed to February next year to allow the talks to be finished. But the prison and probation service confirmed last week that offender management staff who are working for the Wales community rehabilitation company will move to the NPS on 1 December on their existing pay and conditions. They will be the first to be transferred as the government reorganises the serv...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News national probation service police and justice probation: keep it public and local Source Type: news
Delegates warned of Trump threat to the NHS
“When Boris Johnson tells us we can trust him with the NHS, I think we know what that’s worth … this is the man who promised £350 million a week for the NHS and then laughed it off after the referendum. That was at the heart of the message to UNISON’s disabled members’ conference from assistant general secretary Christina McAnea this afternoon when she addressed delegates just days before the Westminster Parliament is dissolved for the general election. Warning of how “Trump and the big health companies in the US” want access to the NHS, she reminded delegates that there hav...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Boris Johnson disabled members Donald Trump NHS Source Type: news
Higher education pay ballot result
University workers in UNISON have voted for strike action to win higher pay, but did not pass the threshold on turn-out required by trade union laws. Around 66% of members in England, Wales and Scotland who took part in the industrial action ballot voted for action, but the turn-out did not meet the 50% of all eligible voters required by the 2017 Trade Union Act before legal action can take place. UNISON head of higher education Ruth Levin commented: “Yet again, the anti-trade union laws have stopped our members being able to take action in pursuit of an improved pay offer. “With the real-term value of pay...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services higher education Industrial action pay strike universities Source Type: news
A month of perennial change
Well, October was a month of change. And not just when it comes to clocks and seasons. It started off with the country due to leave the EU on Hallowe’en – “do or die”, deal or no deal. It ended with another Brexit extension and everyone gearing up for the third general election in four years. But some things are perennial and they’re always on UNISON’s agenda. The union’s month kicked off with our retired members and police and justice staff conferences in Southport. The service group conference saw assistant general secretary Christina McAnea tell delegates: “We need to get ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News democracy general election Go for growth local government October outsourcing police and justice Police and justice staff social care Source Type: news
Speaking out about sexual harassment
UNISON has welcomed the new guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on confidentiality agreements, also known as non-disclosure agreements and more commonly referred to as ‘gagging clauses’. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for all staff. Safe workplaces are those in which workers feel able to discuss their experiences and expose sexual harassment, and confidentiality agreements should not prevent people from speaking out. UNISON women’s officer Josie Irwin said: “Our members are often required to sign confidentiality clauses – NHS staff are...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News EHRC harassment women Source Type: news
Block on GM rice ‘has cost millions of lives and led to child blindness’
Eco groups and global treaty blamed for delay in supply of vitamin-A enriched Golden RiceStifling international regulations have been blamed for delaying the approval of a food that could have helped save millions of lives this century. The claim is made in a new investigation of the controversy surrounding the development ofGolden Rice by a team of international scientists.Golden Rice is a form of normal white rice that has been genetically modified to provide vitamin A to counter blindness and other diseases in children in the developing world. It was developed two decades ago but is still struggling to gain approval in ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 26, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: GM Food science Rice Farming Food safety UK news Asia Pacific Source Type: news
Members travel to Downing Street to demand living wage
UNISON members travelled from Birmingham to Downing Street this morning to call for fair pay for local government workers. They delivered a letter calling for £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10% pay rise across all other pay points in 2020/21. Joined by Birmingham MPs Jack Dromey, Liam Byrne, and Birmingham city council leader Ian Ward, representatives from the UNISON Birmingham branch and colleagues from the GMB and Unite delivered the letter on behalf of council and school workers in the city. The three unions submitted a joint national pay claim in July for the pay rise as part of negotiations with emp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News council pay living wage local authorities local government schools Source Type: news
Universities must do more to tackle shocking levels of racism, says UNISON
This report is shocking and details some horrific incidents. It’s clear racial harassment is rife throughout the whole higher education system, but it’s not just students – staff suffer too. “It is disgraceful and more must be done to stamp out racism from all institutions. Universities must improve the way they handle complaints, make it easier for people to come forward and emphasise that racism and abuse have no place on any campus anywhere.” Notes to editors: – The EHRC report Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged is available here. – UNISON is the biggest union r...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 23, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release higher education racism Source Type: news
Compass hospital workers take fair pay protest to company ’s Surrey HQ, says UNISON
A coachload of striking Compass workers is today (Tuesday) heading 200 miles south to the company’s Chertsey headquarters to urge their employer to pay them the same as their NHS colleagues, says UNISON. The staff – who work for the contractor at NHS trusts in St Helens and Blackpool – are on the penultimate day of their latest strike action. They’re hoping the doorstep protest will persuade company bosses to end the dispute, which began this summer. The hospital cleaners, caterers, porters, receptionists and security workers have been striking on alternate days since last Monday (14 October) over t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 22, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release fair pay health Source Type: news
Health service workers in Northern Ireland must be paid fairly in line with rest of UK, says UNISON
UNISON is balloting health service workers in Northern Ireland from today (Monday) over possible industrial action in its campaign to close the unfair pay gap with NHS staff in other parts of the UK. The union has been in discussions with the Department of Health (Northern Ireland) and Northern Ireland employers for the past eight months to bring staff into line with the NHS pay deals operating in England, Scotland and Wales. However, progress has stalled and staff are stepping up their efforts to be rewarded fairly, says UNISON. They will be voting over the next three weeks on whether to take industrial action and action ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release nhs pay Northern Ireland Source Type: news
New deal is a ‘huge leap backwards’ says UNISON
Commenting on the new Brexit deal announced today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This deal isn’t a step forward, it’s a huge leap backwards. It would risk every workplace right and leave public services exposed and vulnerable. “The only quick free trade deals to be had would involve the UK paying a heavy price, with the US only interested if the NHS were handed over lock, stock and barrel. “Protecting peace in Northern Ireland is paramount too. All communities should have a say in their future, not just the DUP. “There is nothing here for any Labour MP...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis Northern Ireland Source Type: news
“ I wasn ’ t sure what was going on. I was struggling to concentrate and work was getting too much ”
Most women experience the menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 – in other words, while they’re working. Given that women make up more than 70% of UNISON’s 1.3 million members, it’s clearly a workplace issue and therefore a union issue that we should be leading the way on. The menopause is a natural transition stage in most women’s lives, usually lasting between four and eight years, although it can be longer. It’s primarily marked by hormonal changes and the end of periods, which can also trigger a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. The menopause can also occur earlier...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article black members disabled members Menopause unison women Source Type: news
European health and safety week is coming
Trade unionists across Europe will be highlighting health and safety next week as part of the annual European health and safety week, starting on 21 October. UNISON head of health and safety Robert Baughan is calling on the union’s branches and activists to remind employers and members of the importance of safe working. To help, the union has produced a top 10 list of activities branches and health and safety reps can undertake to raise the issues during the week, from carrying out a safety inspection to just talking about health and safety. Download our Ten top tips to make your workplaces safer This year, the week ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News BREXIT european health and safety week health and safety reps Source Type: news
The fruit of the aidan tree from African medicine shows promise as a natural treatment for gout
(Natural News) People from the lowland forests of tropical Africa use the dried fruit of the aidan tree (Tetrapleura tetraptera) as a spice. In traditional medicine, they also utilize different parts of the tree for treating various diseases. A study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness suggests using the fruit as a functional food for preventing... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
British Gas staff to face yet more uncertainty over site closures
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that British Gas is to close a number of its sites in Manchester and Hampshire, and reduce the opening hours of its customer services call centre, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “The 2,000 and more employees affected will be concerned by the changes and many will be nervous that their jobs are hanging in the balance. “UNISON will be going all out to ensure there won’t be a single compulsory redundancy and that no-one loses out from the switch to a 9-5 weekday customer operation. We have received assurances from British Gas and plan to hold the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news
Thirty days has September …
September’s been busy. Schools went back, and UNISON kicked the month off by challenging the UK’s largest uniform suppliers Trutex to ensure employees and treated ethically.Teaming up with campaign group Labour behind the Label, UNISON called for transparency. On a much cuter note, 700 kids went back to school in fresh uniforms thanks to our School Uniform Grants.This year, There for You gave out over £34,500 worth of grants to members. Then came our first ever nationwide Green UNISON week, with branches across the UK organising activities calling for urgent action to tackle climate change. From taking s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article BREXIT green unison there for you 2019 Source Type: news
The black ridge oak from Asia found to inhibit glucose, shows promise as a natural diabetes medicine
(Natural News) Black ridge oak (Quercus phillyraeoides) is an evergreen tree typically found in China, Japan, and Korea. The leaves of this plant are used in Korean folk medicine for treating diarrhea and dermatitis. In a study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness, researchers found that the leaves of the plant could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Dealing with the best and worst of situations
UNISON members in the police and justice services work with the public in the best and worst of situations, the union’s service group conference heard today, as it called for employers to support staff wellbeing and mental health. Pressure on police staff is increasing, Lisa Hardy from the Leicestershire police branch told delegates. Call management staff can be dealing with a report of a child missing from home one minute and a murder the next, conference noted. Similarly, police community support officers might deal with abused children or adults, or the aftermath of a murder or suicide during a day’s work. A...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference health and safey police staff Stress Source Type: news
‘Don ’ t let them dim our lights ’
“On 16 May this year, the government admitted the error of its ways and faced up to the fact that its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms have failed,” delegates at UNISON’s police and justice conference in Southport heard this morning. The union welcomed the government’s admission that former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s privatisation of ‘community rehabilitation’ in England and Wales was wrong. The service will be brought back under public management in 2021. But in the meantime, said Steve Cowley of the national probation committee, “our members have paid the costs o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service Source Type: news
‘We need to get the message out about the need to invest in public servcies’
Delegates representing UNISON members working in police and justice services are meeting at an interesting time, at the end of party conference season, assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told their conference in Southport this morning. It’s when “politicians of all parties usually compete to say what they would do to stop crime,” she noted – adding that UNISON members no doubt felt reassured that the Tories are once again calling themselves the party of law and order. Yet this is a party that, just a week ago, was found to have acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament. “But this par...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference police staff probation Source Type: news
Oral microbiota found to contribute to overall state of human health
(Natural News) Researchers from Tsinghua University in China looked at how oral microbiota impacts human health. Their review was published in Food Science and Human Wellness. An estimated 700 microorganisms in the human cavity form the oral microbiota. This includes different types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Oral microbiota is linked with gut microbiota, but they have distinctions.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Local government service group executive ballot notice
A ballot will be held for the Greater London female seat on the local government service group executive. Ballot papers will be sent to eligible members starting on 7 October. The candidates in this election are: Mary Lancaster and Elaine Ward For information, the election procedures, including the timetable, are available in the formal ballot notice, which can be downloaded here. The article Local government service group executive ballot notice first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article democracy and elections local government Source Type: news
Thousands turn out to protest at Tory conference
On Sunday, UNISON led thousands in protest at the start of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. UNISON members in the North West, who have been fighting on the front line of public service cuts for the past decade, led protestors with balloons and banners stating “Don’t Trump our NHS”. Members in the North West are currently involved in two industrial disputes, with hospital workers in Blackpool and St Helens currently in the midst of three-day strikes. UNISON regional Secretary Kevan Nelson said: “The two industrial disputes which our members are engaged in currently are a direct result...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article NHS North West Source Type: news
Chancellor ’s spending pledges are a decade too late, says UNISON
Commenting on Chancellor Sajid Javid’s speech today (Monday) at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Many people will be wary of the Chancellor’s promises to splash the cash knowing an election is just around the corner. “If it’s so easy to conjure up this money now, it’s hard to understand why the government has been running public spending into the ground for a decade. It seems the Tories have been nurturing magic money trees all along.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the biggest union representing care ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Conservative dave prentis public services Source Type: news
Time to reform eviction law: scrap section 21
Renting laws in the UK are on the verge of huge change – but only if you have your say. In a move to tackle our critically unstable rental system, the government is proposing to bring an end to no-fault evictions (also known as section 21 evictions). If made into law, this will improve renting for every one of the 11 million people living in privately rented homes in this country. It will finally let renters put down roots and make a home. It will also tackle one of our country’s biggest causes of homelessness – eviction from privately rented homes. They’re also proposing to introduce more stability...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 27, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article community housing Source Type: news
Milk? Sugar? Microplastics? Some tea bags found to shed billions of particles
Amount is significantly higher than the estimated amount of microplastics particles consumed by a person in an entire yearTea drinkers could be getting more than they bargained for in their brew, as a new study has found that a single plastic tea bag can shed billions of particles of microplastics.The researchers from McGill University in Canada have found that when plastic tea bags are steeped in a cup of almost boiling water (95C), the bag releases around 11.6bn microplastics and 3.1bn smaller nanoplastic particles into the cup.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Kate Lyons Tags: Tea Plastics Environment Food Science Source Type: news
The UK needs a Labour government, says UNISON
Tuesday 24 September 2019 For immediate release The UK needs a Labour government, says UNISON Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Labour Party conference today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today Jeremy Corbyn set out an inspiring vision for a better future. “One that puts people first and the heart back into communities with new rights for workers, a higher minimum wage, and improved social care. “With better-funded public services, an end to privatisation and the scrapping of the vindictive trade union act. “At a time of such turmoil and division in Westminster ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News dave prentis jeremy corbyn labour conference public services Source Type: news
A Labour government would mean social care gets the attention it deserves, says UNISON
Commenting today (Sunday) on the Labour Party’s plans to introduce free personal care for the elderly, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has ignored social care for almost a decade, a neglect made worse by Brexit’s dominance of the political agenda. “Labour’s focus on a sector needing urgent attention and its pledge to invest significantly will come as a huge relief to the elderly living in fear of selling their own homes or languishing in hospital, unable to return home in the absence of vital care support. “Care workers too will feel at long last there’s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 22, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article care workers dave prentis labour conference social care Source Type: news
Blog: Climate change is the greatest single threat humanity faces
Our whole world is facing an existential crisis – climate change. Unless action is taken to reduce emissions, drastic and permanent damage will be done to our planet with a disastrous impact on future generations. This is the greatest single threat humanity faces. It’s time to stop talking and take real action. I know that UNISON will continue to be at the forefront of fighting climate change. We were the first union to establish a green task force and we’ve initiated cutting-edge campaigns – as well as sending delegations to the climate change demonstrations in Copenhagen and Paris where government...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news
Toni Slabas obituary
My friend Toni Slabas, who has died aged 70, was an internationally renowned plant biochemist. He came from humble beginnings and quietly made a positive impact on the lives of many others.At Durham University, where he was professor of plant sciences from 1990 to 2013, Toni established a world-leading group in plant biochemistry with a particular interest in seed oil production and cell wall biochemistry. He set up a spin-out company, Creative Gene Technology, developing new technologies to improve crop yields, and sat on various UK government advisory committees, as well as acting as scientific adviser to plant biotechno...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Christina Hartshorn Tags: Food science Biochemistry and molecular biology Agriculture Higher education Source Type: news
Blog: We need Parliament to be recalled to stop no deal Brexit once and for all
Our union’s position on a no deal Brexit has been consistent from the outset. It’s an existential threat to our nation’s public services, our economy and our communities. At a time when public services are stretched to breaking point, jumping off the no deal cliff edge would be an act of vandalism which would wreck lives and cost them too. So it was great to hear Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer speaking so clearly and passionately against the risk of no deal at the TUC this morning. I’ve worked closely with Keir over the past two years, and know how hard he’s working to try...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news
End privatisation disgrace to protect public services
Opening the debate on privatisation at the TUC in Brighton this afternoon (Monday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Privatisation failed in the 80s, again in the 90s and it’s still failing today. The profits are made by big money firms, yet the costs are borne by the workforce, future generations and people in desperate need of the services provided. “Now there’s the threat of Boris Johnson selling off our NHS to the highest bidder and all for a grubby trade deal with Donald Trump. “Scrapping privatisation is our number one priority. Privatised care services are collapsing and pub...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis Labour Party local government NHS privatisation TUC Source Type: news
Strike ballot for higher education staff over pay and pensions
Two separate ballots on strike action involving 30,000 university support staff have been launched on higher education pay and pension scheme changes, says UNISON today (Monday). The votes open today, after more than two thirds of staff rejected offers on pay and pensions during the summer. The pay deal from university employers would mean a below-inflation rise of just 1.8% for most staff, according to UNISON. Many university employees would also pay more under recent changes being proposed to their pension scheme, says the union. Pension reforms are to blame, adds UNISON, for rising contributions. First introduced in 201...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release higher education Jon Richards pensions university Source Type: news
New term, new uniforms – thanks to UNISON
School uniform should be the least of a parent’s worries. That’s why UNISON’s very own charity, There for You, gives school uniform grants to members who need a helping hand in getting their kids kitted out for the new term. In 2019, There for You gave out £34,500 worth of school uniform grants to members, meaning over 700 kids went back to school last week in fresh uniforms. UNISON member Stephanie* wrote: “Thank you for supporting me with their uniform costs and enabling me to send them off looking so smart. I’m a very, very proud single mum today.” Here are some of the firs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article education school uniform grant there for you there for you 2019 Source Type: news
Blog: We can ’ t let no-deal Brexit wreck our NHS
Parliament has spoken out loudly and clearly against a disastrous no-deal Brexit, yet Boris Johnson and his government still appear determined to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal. For UNISON, that’s a completely unacceptable risk – for public services, our economy and our whole country. That’s why at the TUC Congress I was proud to stand with UNISON members from the NHS and oppose no-deal. Our position is clear – no-deal would wreck our NHS and all public services. In the health service, already under pressure NHS risks being pushed over the cliff edge by a reckless and disorderly exit from...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News BREXIT NHS Source Type: news
Teaching assistants use own money to fund uniforms and trips to help struggling parents
Teaching assistants are dipping into their own pockets to help cash-strapped families buy school uniforms, fund trips and provide lunch money, according to a survey by UNISON published today (Friday). Schools are also providing emergency supplies of groceries, with more than one in ten (12%) operating food banks for families. The findings are based on responses from across the UK of more than 4,500 (4,549) teaching assistants from primary and secondary schools. They highlight how pressured, low-income families are turning to schools for basic support, says UNISON. More than half (54%) of respondents said parents are increa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release education Jon Richards school uniform teaching assistants Source Type: news
Government has at last acknowledged public services are at breaking point
Commenting on the Chancellor’s public spending plans for next year announced today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public services are at breaking point. At long last, even the Conservative Party has acknowledged public services need the resources UNISON’s been calling for. “Health, education, care, council services and the police all need proper and sustained funding. But voters should be wary of cynical pledges and gimmicks after a decade of damaging austerity. “It’s not even clear what will happen to the government in the next week never mind the coming year....
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis education government health local governemnt public services Source Type: news